Our trustees

Our leaders

Our trustees came together because they believed that their experience and connections meant that they could make a real difference for Horowhenua. Learn more about our current trustees and their backgrounds.

Antony Young (Chair)

Antony has spent 20 years primarily in London and New York advising global brands and as CEO of several media and marketing firms.   He returned to New Zealand with his family, and settled in Horowhenua in 2016.  Antony is extremely passionate about the region and its opportunities, working on a number of business and community projects that showcase why the Horowhenua is a great place to live and work. Antony is the Co-Founder of The Digital Cafe, Chair of the Horowhenua Taste Trail Trust, and on the Board of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua, that oversees the Electra Business Awards.  He and wife, Nancy, are the proud owners of the Noho Blueberry Farm just north of Levin.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan has worked with youth every day seeing the issues that we face as a community. She's extremely passionate about the potential that can be unlocked in rangatahi  and is keen to unlock the potential of the wider Horowhenua community in her role as trustee. Sarah's current role as an Education Advisor sees her working closely to empower and upskill tamariki and Kaiako in schools around the wellbeing and physical education space.

Ron Turk

More than fifty years ago, Ron Turk and his family moved to Foxton where they founded their successful poultry business, Turk’s Poultry. Since then, Ron has helped transform a small egg business into a prosperous company employing almost 220 people - as well as raising three children. A strong believer in ethical and sustainable farming practices, Turks has been accredited as a Conscious Consumers supplier. Ron applies the same ethics to his community, with Turk’s supporting a variety of community groups and initiatives including the Foxton Rugby Club, the Horowhenua Taste Trail, Manawatu Boating Club and Rescue Helicopter.

Te Aroha Jennings

Originally attracted to the Horowhenua for the relaxed lifestyle it offers, Te-Aroha and her husband have truly made it home and see it as the ideal place to start and raise a family. With over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer in the private and public sector,    Te-Aroha has more recently been providing policy and regulatory compliance advice and corporate secretarial services to clients as co-director of Jennings Consulting.  Te-Aroha brings her experience as both an advisor to and member of executive leadership teams, to the Trust.  She is passionate about seeing the Horowhenua reach its potential as a place to live and work, and looks forward to being able to give back to the community in her role as Trustee. 

Larry Ellison

Raised in Raumati and now living in Foxton Beach, Larry Ellison and his wife Jane have been a part of the Horowhenua community for years. The Ellisons have owned a number of service stations throughout the Horowhenua and in 2000 started Rural Fuel, an award winning business which distributes fuel to farmers around the lower North Island. Larry loves all things agriculture and is involved in dairy farms around the region, as well as a number of startup businesses and agritech companies including Levno,  Biolumic and  Zeddy. An active community member, Larry is a life member of the Foxton Volunteer Fire Brigade, was a major backer of Te Waiora Community Health Service in Foxton, serves on the board of the Te Hinaki Trust.

Justine Street 

Justine (BBS FCA) is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Director of Colbert Cooper Limited, a chartered accountancy practice located in Levin, providing business, accountancy and tax services to clients throughout the region and across NZ.  She is currently Deputy Chair of Horowhenua Learning Centre, Trustee of House of Science, Trustee of Foxton Area Community Medical Trust and on the Board of Trustees of Koputaroa School. Justine has been part of the Horowhenua for over 40 years and is passionate about supporting local businesses and community groups to improve the wellbeing of the region.  Justine lives at Foxton Beach with her husband and son.

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